Islanders Fans Hoping Cup Run Will Take Sting From Nassau Departure

CBS New York

UNIONDALE, N.Y. (CBSNewYork/AP) — For loyal fans of the New York Islanders, this year’s playoff run is tinged with even more of a sense of finality, and yes, sadness. Win or lose, these will be the last games for Long Island’s only major professional sports franchise before it moves to Brooklyn next season.

And it will also mark the end of the line for the current Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum, the “Old Barn” that has played host to four Stanley Cup titles and a string of legendary athletes and entertainers, from Julius Erving to Billy Joel.

“We’re just torn,” said lifelong fan Robert Anderson of Lynbrook, whose 9-year-old daughter, Sara, held a sign during the team’s final regular-season game that read: “We will miss the Islanders.”

Luckily for the Andersons and others, the team has made the playoffs for the second time in three seasons, offering a glimmer of hope…

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